‘The Little Mermaid’ Adds Noma Dumezweni

Noma Dumezweni joins The Little Mermaid

Before she has to go find a suit for the next Emmy season, Noma Dumezweni will be going underwater for Disney’s The Little Mermaid.


Deadline is reporting that the breakout star of HBO’s miniseries The Undoing is joining the cast of Rob Marshall’s live-action adaptation in a yet unspecified role. We do know, however, that this part is brand-new for the live-action movie. Halle Bailey will be playing Ariel, with Javier Bardem on board as King Triton and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula. Lin-Manuel Miranda will be writing original songs for the movie, which will also incorporate tunes from the 1989 animated film.


The Undoing is probably one of the best miniseries I have ever seen and has now outranked Queen’s Gambit as my favorite miniseries of the year. Noma Dumezweni gave a performance so groundbreaking that, even when she was onscreen with acting legends like Donald Sutherland, Hugh Grant, and Nicole Kidman, she managed to grab your attention and get you on board with everything she was saying. In the last episode, she delivered one line to Hugh Grant (no spoilers) that resonated with me many hours after I finished the episode.


She will probably get some Emmy love next year, and it will be well-deserved. Not only because of her amazing performance, but also because she is an actress who has been under the radar for the past few years for a lot of people. She had a small role in another Rob Marshall-directed Disney movie, Mary Poppins Returns, and also played Hermione Granger in the live theater performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This last one gave her a Tony nomination.


The Little Mermaid will be a theatrical movie, as Disney reaffirmed last month on their Investor Day. Filming is currently underway, with no release date attached to the project yet.